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Match Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Newcastle United (Bolton Fan's Perspective)

By Rob
Tuesday 27th December 2011
Bolton Wanderers succumbed to yet another pathetic home defeat as they suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Newcastle United at the Reebok Stadium on Boxing Day.

The defeat - incredibly Bolton's 14th in just 18 games this season - totally dismisses any sense of optimism Bolton fans may have felt following the side's hard-fought midweek victory over fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers, and leaves the Whites well in the relegation mire.

Two goals in three minutes were enough for Newcastle, who themselves had suffered a recent slump in form following their impressive long unbeaten run at the beginning of the season, to ease to victory and move within a point of 6th placed Liverpool.

The first half of the match lacked any real quality, with the two keepers only tested by a free-kick from either side. Jussi Jaaskalainen denied Ryan Taylor's curling 25-yard set-piece and, 5 minutes before half-time, Martin Petrov's driven 20-yard attempt was denied by Tim Krul.

Bolton looked to show some more urgency in the second half and, just for a change, actually threatened the Newcastle goal. Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic, in a rare moment of looking like he cared about being on the pitch, worked with his way through the Newcastle defence with some clever skill and good footwork but comically managed to trip himself over.

But the game was effectively ended with around 20 minutes to go as Newcastle got their noses in front. Chris Eagles, only on the pitch a few minutes, gave the ball away and Taylor swung the ball into the box to find Hatem Ben Arfa totally unmarked, and the French attacker duly finished the move with a first-time shot from the penalty spot.

When Bolton concede first they lose, so this game was basically finished. But just in case anyone was unsure of this fact, Newcastle's blisteringly in-form striker Demba Ba put the nail in the coffin 2 minutes later with his 14th goal of the campaign. Recalled, and still rubbish, left-back Paul Robinson gave the ball away to Gabriel Obertan, who broke down the right wing and sent a cross over to Ba whose looping header beat Jaaskalainen.

Bolton failed to threaten to work a way back into the match, which limply petered out into an away victory. Once again, Bolton conceded two goals from crosses and seemingly are completely unable to deal with them. But the team's overall play simply is not good enough and they now seem doomed to relegation. They lack any quality and creativity and look a side well short of Premier League quality, with the likes of David Ngog, Fabrice Muamba, Robinson, Zat Knight and Dedryck Boyata, just to name a few, simply not up to the task. And just to compound the misery, Bolton's only good defender Gary Cahill looks set to finally complete his desired move away from the club come the start of the January transfer window.

Another massive six-pointer with Wolves next weekend is now a make and break game for Bolton's season. Lose that and they are effectively relegated with a stream of fixtures against the top 6 following the Wolves game.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskalainen; Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; M Davies, Muamba (Eagles 66), Reo-Coker, Petrov; Klasnic, (Tuncay 77), Ngog (K Davies 76). Unused subs: Bogdan, Ricketts, Wheater, Pratley.

Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, R Taylor; Obertan (Sh Ameobi), Tiote, Cabaye (Perch 88), Gutierrez; Ba, Best (Ben Arfa 61). Unused subs: Elliott, Ferguson, Vuckic, Sa Ameobi.

Goals: Ben Arfa (69), Ba (71)

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